Dress Barn
3.0 of 5 151 reviews
www.dressbarn.com Mahwah, NJ 5000+ Employees

Dress Barn Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2014
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3.0 151 reviews

                             

73% Approve of the CEO

Dress Barn President, CEO, and Director David R. Jaffe

David R. Jaffe

(89 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Full Time Sales Associate

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros40% discount on regular priced items

    ConsThe pay is not good at all. It took me 5 years to get from $9 an hour to $10.20 an hour. The hours can be up and down. Since it's a smaller company other stores know what happens in other locations.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport your sales associate. Do not view them as being replaceable.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Go work at Walmart

    Assistant Store Manager (Current Employee)
    Buffalo, NY

    ProsPaid training
    Discounts at Dressbarn, Maurice's, Justice/Brothers, Lane Bryant, Catherine's

    ConsNot enough payroll to support having any full time except management
    Assistants and associates are never given any recognition
    Store managers expect to do nothing but gossip between stores
    Micro managing district managers
    Work/life balance does not exist
    No opportunity to move ahead

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward all positions for the work they do. Bonuses are impossible to achieve

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    My experience at Dressbarn was painfully disappointing.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Suffern, NY

    ProsHeath benefits are good and 401K is matched.

    ConsToo many changes going on at one time created a cut-throat environment amongst employees. Everyone was stressed due to an overload of work without financial compensation. One error can cost you your job, which caused the employees to walk on egg shells. Because the pay scale is on the low end, many employees needed to have a second, part time job to supplement their income just to get by.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDressbarn used to pride themselves on creating and nurturing a "family environment" within the company and sadly that had dissipated. Training should also be a necessity when a new employee starts. And ALL supervisors should be expected to take leadership courses as there are too many people is this position within your company who are not qualified to have that title. A boss should not be allowed to be a bully and then be protected by the company when an employee brings it to your attention.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No opportunities for advancement

    Assistant Manager (Former Employee)
    New York, NY

    Pros40% discount on regular price merchandise! free layaway for employees

    ConsNo opportunity for advancement, very little coverage only 2 people working at a time, unrealistic sales goals set by the company, massive payroll and budget cuts, micromanagement by district manager, stores running over a year without a store manager to save payroll, corporate realigning the districts and eliminating positions to give less people more work, many field positions being eliminated while new people were constantly hired in the corporate office, corporate wanting stores to extend hours during the holiday season without an increase in payroll hours, price conscious clientele who want everything on sale plus a coupon discount

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote from within instead of hiring outsiders always.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you really want to work retail, look somewhere else.

    Assistant Manager (Former Employee)
    Woodbury, MN

    ProsFlexible schedule. Nice customers and co-workers.

    ConsToo many. Manager was out for 6 month with health issues. As a team we thought we did pretty well, Eventually our manager came back and not only did we get to hear how poorly we did from her, also from our DM. She made up poor performance issues about us, had nothing to back it up. Just her opinion. It didn't make sense because she was gone for 6 months. Dress Barn never called us to see if we could use another manager. It is so poorly run. I've worked retail for many years and I have never had this bad of an experience. Quality of product is very bad. Management is always fearful of upper management. I'm amazed how many times I heard "I cant say anything, I will get fired"

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut money into your employees, stores, and products..

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    As a Software Developer it was an 'OK' place to work but I couldn't see it as a safe place to work

    Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Suffern, NY

    ProsGreat staff, very friendly. Benefits are ok, cafeteria on the premises and there were activities oriented towards maintaining/improving staff morale.

    ConsManagement has a very colloquial attitude. They feel they are far enough from NYC to offer employment locally that was not available outside the city. That may be true for the Buyers and clothing designers but not for those in IT. IT is seen as an expense and is treated as such. The IT staff that had stayed a long time were local people so management may be right. It wasn't a good place for me, however. I was commuting a long distance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMy manager had poor management skills. Apparently he was a good programmer. You need to provide training for managers whom have no training.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Part time sales associate

    Part-Time Sales Associate (Former Employee)
    Pleasant Prairie, WI

    ProsGenerally work with nice customers, fairly easy job, flexible schedule while in school. Pretty fair discount of 40% off for regular priced merchandise or 20% off sale items.

    ConsPretty low pay. Pay also seems pretty inconsistent among employees. Managers never seem to be held responsible for work not getting done. Often feels like I'm doing work while they stand around and take credit for it. Example: We are supposed to get people to sign up for credit cards, but when we do, we assign the transaction to whichever manager is working, so they get credit for getting sales and charges, and the sales associate who did the work doesn't even get a "thank you."

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Store Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsLiberal Discount Policy. Some work life balance as long as a member of management is not on vacation

    ConsVery little opportunity for advancement. Poor communication between DM/RM and store staff. No communication or opportunities between Ascena Brands. Stores are run on 3 key holder system. When one member of management is on vacation, you are expected to work 7-10 days in a row without a day off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLongevity isn't everything. Fresh faces and ideas at corporate - same old policing at store level.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Was Satisfied at first store but really dissatisfied at second

    Sales Associate (Former Employee)
    Branson, MO

    ProsHelping people look and feel good about themselves. I always liked seeing customers come in not knowing what they really wanted and would help them pick out different outfits and seeing how happy they were when they like what they purchased. One of the best feelings is seeing somebody's confidence go up after they try on an outfit they thought was too colorful for them but they would try it on anyway and if they only bought one outfit that day that would be the one they would buy.

    ConsThe second location I worked at was not that great of an experience. I felt like I had to be part of the Clique to work there and I don't care about fitting in I cared more about doing my job.

    Advice to Senior Managementget all of your stores on the same page. I worked at two vastly different stores One in Branson and one In Jefferson City Mo. I loved working at the store in Branson and looked forward to getting up and going to work. The store in Jefferson City I dreaded getting up and having to go in. I would suggest someone work there depending on the location.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    2 many cheifs not enough indains

    Sales Associate (Current Employee)
    Thousand Oaks, CA

    ProsLove the styles and clients enjoy the stores atmosphere

    Consto many rules lack of communication among the staff and management a lot of drama

    Advice to Senior Managementwork with your people talk to them and keep a eye on the way staff interacts with the clients

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